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Top of camera controls

To the left of the flash hot shoe you can see the built-in flash, to the right are the power button, mode dial (which lets you choose between the different shooting modes, video or sound recording) and the shutter button. From this angle you can also see the small lever that makes the flash 'pop' out and the manual focus dial, both technically located on the camera back. In a change from the DP1, the DP2 has a separate 'Setup' position on the mode dial that helps simplify the menu system.

Exposure modes

The DP2 loses the DP1's Auto mode, instead reverting to offering the traditional PASM modes. And, given the unique sensor and fixed focal-length lens, this probably isn't a camera for people who are going to be put-off by this level of exposure to the exposure controls.

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P

Program Auto Exposure (Flexible)

The most automated mode offered by the DP2. You can set the ISO, exposure compensation (using the left and right arrows on the four way controller), AE lock, bracketing etc, while the camera will choose shutter speed and aperture combinations. Program AE offers Program Shift which means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by pressing up and down on the shoulder buttons.
For example:
       
 • 1/25 F5.6 (metered)
 • 1/30 F5.0 (one left press)
 • 1/20 F6.3 (one right press) etc.

A

Aperture Priority Auto Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera calculates the correct shutter speed (depending on metering mode and ISO). Left and right on the four-way controller choose aperture. If that exposure requires a shutter speed beyond the camera's capability, the shutter speed will blink. Aperture values can be set in 1/3 stop increments from F2.8 to F14. Shoulder buttons control exposure compensation.

S

Shutter Priority Auto Exposure

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera chooses the correct aperture (depending on metering mode and ISO). The shoulder buttons choose shutter speed. If that exposure requires an aperture outside the camera's capability, the aperture will blink. Shutter speed values can be set in 1/3 stop increments from 15 sec to 1/2000th. Left and right on the four way controller select exposure compensation.

M

Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select both the aperture and the shutter speed manually. The left and right buttons on the four-way controller are used to change aperture, while the up and down shoulder buttons change shutter speed. The meter on the LCD will reflect the exposure level compared to the calculated ideal exposure, if it's outside of +/- 3EV the indicator bar will blink.

Other modes

Apart from the PASM modes, there are also movie and sound recording modes. Since the arrival of the DP2, movie mode has started to appear on DSLRs, with their HD movies making the Sigma's QVGA offering look a little simplistic.

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Movie Mode

In movie mode the DP2 records video footage in QVGA quality. While the image size is 320x240 pixels, the 'effective' image area only measures 320x212 pixels, there is a black bar at the top and bottom of the video. Press the shutter button to start and stop recording. The only available menu settings in movie mode are WB and Digital Zoom.

Videos are recorded as .AVI files and the maximum file size is 2 GB.

Sound Recording Mode

In this mode the DP2 starts recording a sound file when you press the shutter button. Press the shutter button again and the recording will stop. Sound files will be stored as .WAV files and a 1GB card will approximately store 356 minutes of sound recording.

Rear of camera controls

The back of the camera remains distinctly low-key but, if you peer really closely at the buttons, you'll find there have been substantial improvements made to the control system. The main change is the addition of the QS button and the re-arrangement of the buttons on the right-hand shoulder of the camera.

On screen settings adjustment

The DP2 has a two-page Quick Set menu that gives fast access to the key shooting settings. Pressing the QS button brings up the last-used page, pressing it again jumps to the second page. On either of these pages, pressing the appropriate direction on the four-way controller cycles through the available options for each setting (repeatedly pushing upwards on the blue QS1 page cycles through the ISO settings).

The first QS menu page offers the ability to change flash mode, ISO, metering mode and white balance. Pressing 'QS' again brings up... ...the QS2 page which allows you to change image size, image quality, drive mode and color mode. Half-pressing the shutter exits the menu.

Shooting mode

Button
Operation
Menu OK button

Enters or leaves the menu system.
OK OK button

Toggles between the standard shooting screen (with control over aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation - depending on which shooting mode you've chosen), and a secondary shooting screen that allows you to control bracketing and flash exposure compensation. When in manual focus mode it also gives access to magnified live view for fine focusing.
Four-Way Controller

The left and right buttons of the four-way controller are used either to enable program shift or change aperture and/or shutter speed (depending on mode). In shooting mode the up and down buttons function as the focus mode and focus area buttons (see below).
AEL/

Auto Exposure Lock/Delete button

You can customize the AEL button in the Setup Menu to either

 • lock the exposure
 • lock the central AF, or
 • lock both exposure and central AF

QS

QS button

Gives access to the QS menu that provides rapid access to the key shooting settings. Pressing it a second time brings up the second screen of options. The camera remembers which page you last used and jumps to that.

 • QS Page 1
ISO/Flash mode/Metering Mode/White Balance
 • QS Page 2
Image Size/Image Quality/Drive Mode/Color Mode

Shoulder buttons

These change the shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation, depending on which shooting mode you've chosen. Even then, the function assigned to these buttons and left and right on the four-way controller can be swapped to suit your preferences in each mode.
FOCUS Focus button

Pressing the Focus button ('Up' on the four-way controller) lets you choose between the different focus modes:

 • Normal AF (28cm to infinity)
 • Limit mode AF (1m to infinity focus)
 • Manual Focus

Focus Area button

The Focus Area button ('Down' on the four-way controller) brings up the 3x3 grid of AF zones. The four-way controller is then used to choose a particular point and the 'OK' button confirms the selection.

View button

Pressing the view button lets you switch between record and review modes. When the camera is switched off you can also press this button for two seconds to start the DP1 in review mode.
Display button

Pressing the Display button lets you switch between the different Display Modes. It is also used for escaping from specific menu options when using the menu.

Review mode

Button
Operation
Menu Menu button

Enter or leave the 8-option playback menu by pressing this button.
Four-Way Controller

In Review Mode you use the left and right buttons of the Four-Way Controller to scroll through images and videos. When reviewing a video the up and down buttons are used to start, stop and pause the footage. They don't have any function when reviewing still images.
Shoulder buttons

In review mode, the shoulder buttons zoom in and out of the selected image or jumping out to a 3x3 thumbnail view.
OK OK button

Jumps back to the standard display when the selected image has been zoomed-in. (This doesn't happen in the info/histogram view)
Auto Exposure Lock/Delete button

In review mode the AEL button becomes the Delete button. Press it once and you can choose between deleting a single image, marked images or all images.
View button

Pressing the view button lets you switch between record and review modes. When the camera is switched off you can also press this button for two seconds to start the DP2 in review mode.
Display button

Pressing the Display button lets you switch between the different Display Modes.
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